cornflake dreams.: a déjà vu move.

5.23.2014

a déjà vu move.

Happy Friday! If you follow me on instagram you have already heard the big news -- we are moving to Charleston, South Carolina! Thank you for all of your sweet and supportive comments. Here's the full story: I have a pretty long history with the city... I visited a few times with my grandparents and cousin when I was young and fell in love with the historic mansions and pretty beaches. After college graduation I was determined to live there, so I found a roommate and moved to West Ashley (a nearby suburb). Unfortunately I wasn't able to find a full-time job (retail wasn't paying those student loans!) After less than six months, I missed my friends and family and decided to move back to Chicago. 

Almost seven years later I am moving back! H was accepted into a one-year fellowship position and we are moving at the end of June. We're not sure if we'll stay longer than a year (pending available job offers/opportunities), so we definitely plan on making the most out of this year.  

This week we made a quick visit so we could find a rental in person (craigslist photos can be sooo deceiving!) I haven't driven a car (for more than a mile) in 7 years, so I need to live somewhere I can walk + bike -- I can do that in downtown Charleston. With a downtown rental we ended up making some compromises -- the fancy apartment complexes with a pool and gym were out of our price range. We found a great place for us -- it's a little carriage house surrounded by mansions within walking distance of The Battery and King Street. There is also a university gym nearby with LOTS of great classes --yoga! pilates! and a pool. The only downside is our rental is small (as in half the size of our current two-bedroom condo). So we are going to be very creative with our storage and downsize a little bit. It'll be worth it to have the location of our dreams and within a price range that we can still afford (I don't want to be house poor with a rental!) 

It will be bittersweet to be leave Chicago -- especially now that it is finally getting warmer! I will miss my friends and family like crazy. I also love my job, thankfully I am going to be able to continue working for my firm as a graphic design consultant. I am excited SO excited for h and I to start a new adventure together and I can't wait to share all of our favorite Charleston spots with you :)

have a happy memorial day weekend! 
xo, 
jillian

p.s. Charleston locals, I'd love to know YOUR favorite spots (I need to work on my to-visit list).

27 comments:

  1. So many congrats on the move! Sounds like such a good move for you.. even if its temporary! I've always wanted to visit.

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  2. So many congrats on the move! Sounds like a great move for you... even if its only temporary! I've always wanted to make a trip out south. Ill have to let you know if we do (once we move back)!

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  3. omg i totally missed the announcement!! that is so exciting! we will welcome y'all to our amazing town with wide open arms. :)

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  4. Ahhh SO exciting! You probably won't even miss having a bigger apartment since the weather is so dang nice down there that you'll be outside year-round! Can't wait to follow along on the adventure!

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  5. Love it! You will have the best time!!!!!! The weather is amazing you will never be inside!

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  6. So exciting!! I'm a little jealous that you get to live there and so close to all the fun stuff!!

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  7. Congrats!! It sounds like you found a perfect place in Charleston!! I would love to be downtown but we were the people who picked more space in the 'burbs. You will love it! Hope we can get a little blogger meet up together once you're settled :)

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  8. Happy Memorial Day weekend! Congrats on your move! That is so exciting!

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  9. Oh goodness, I'm so jealous! I've never been to Charleston, but I dream of living in the south...can't wait to see your home and your new life my dear!! Good luck with the move!

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  10. I have never been before but it looks like such a gorgeous city!! Congrats girl :)

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  11. Squee! I'm just so thrilled for you guys! I cannot believe you're coming full circle. Woohoo!

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  12. That's great! You're living one of your dreams! I definitely want to visit Charleston one day, but I haven't had an excuse to get there yet!!

    http://www.preplovelove.com

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  13. This must be such an exciting time for you guys–can't wait to hear all about the move and get peeks at your new place!

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  14. Congrats to you guys, that's amazing! Charleston is an incredible city, best of luck! xoxo

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  15. So much fun!! Downsizing can be a good thing. 1.) Less stuff to repack when you move one day 2.) When you do move one day you get to buy new stuff! You're going to have so much fun!

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  16. YAY! So glad you have a place lined up. I'm working on a list for you. Good thing you'll be here at least a year ;)

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  17. This is so awesome!!! We'll have to hang out! I live in West Ashley so hopefully you'll choose to move back there! My neighborhood is building a bunch of new houses if you decide to stay here permanently. ;)

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  18. Yeah!!!!! So excited for you!!! You are going to love it there!!

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  19. I've never been to Charleston before but I've heard nothing but AMAZING things about it and it looks absolutely gorgeous! Best of luck! :)

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  20. I am so excited for you two!!! Have a beautiful day, sunshine.

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  21. WHAT??!!! Oh my goodness that is amazing news! I've heard such amazing things about Charleston and I've always wanted to visit. If we decide to go within this next year, I'll definitely be contacting you! :) Congrats to H!

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  22. So so exciting! Charleston is on my US must-visit list!

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  23. Oh my goodness! How exciting!! I would love to visit Charleston one of these days...looks beyond amazing!

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    1. PS, I had a guest post on traveling to Charleston, from Natalie, here: http://www.schuelove.com/2012/01/schue-travelcharleston.html

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  24. I live in Charleston! It is honestly the most amazing city.. you're going to love it!

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